Spoiler alert! HS2’s enormous conveyor network starts moving excavated material

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A 1.7-mile-long network of conveyors has begun operating in west London to move material excavated for the construction of HS2.

According to HS2 Ltd, the system will remove the need for one million lorry journeys for perishable transport.

It was commissioned on Wednesday at the high-speed railway’s Old Oak Common station site by HS2 minister Hugh Merriman.

A total of more than five million tonnes of perishable goods will be moved by conveyors from three locations in the region to the logistics hub of Willesden Euro Terminal.

Freight trains would then make it to three destinations: Barrington, Cambridgeshire; Cliffe, Kent; and Rugby, Warwickshire.

The material will be used to fill vacant lots for projects such as new housing developments.

Mr Merriman said: “It is a pleasure to launch this truly remarkable conveyor system at Old Oak Common and see how impressive it is in action, as it brings us one step closer to our goal of delivering a cleaner transport network Is.

“These conveyors are just one way HS2 is changing the future of construction, driving growth across the country while keeping the impact on the environment and local communities to a minimum.”

Lee Holmes, Customer Director, Stations, HS2 Limited, said: “The launch of our conveyor system in West London is yet another significant progress milestone for HS2 Limited.

“This impressive network of conveyors means we have been able to significantly reduce the impact of construction on the local area.

“Momentum continues to build on HS2 as the project nears peak construction, and systems such as these conveyors are one of the ways it is working to reduce carbon emissions in construction.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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